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[TowerTalk] Gloves for Winter Antenna Work

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Gloves for Winter Antenna Work
From: (Joe - WL7M)
Date: Tue Jan 28 23:19:24 2003
Balderdash - we Alaskans WAIT for the temperatures to drop to 20 below 
before we START working on antenna projects.  We hold the wires in our bare 
teeth, and touch our tongues to the towers for added support so we don't 
fall off.  Gloves?  We don't need no stinkin' gloves....... ;-)  Well, I've 
found that I can find some good gloves at Costco, made of washable leather, 
that work pretty well.  Not as fancy as described below, but they 
work.  Protect well, and they are supple at very cold temperatures.

I actually put my Mosley Pro 57B-40 on the tower at -20, and worked on my 
satellite antennas recently at -40 windchill.  Ya gotta be tough (or maybe 
a tad daft) to live up here and suffer like this for the hobby!  ;-)

Fritz creek, Alaska

At 09:04 AM 1/28/2003, GALE STEWARD wrote:
>I got back last Saturday from NW Vermont. It was so
>cold that a lot of the winter activities were
>impossible. The temps were in single digits and minus
>numbers and don't even ask about the wind chill!
>While doing "inside" things, I came across a neat pair
>of gloves while brousing in one of the ski equipment
>shops. These are called BIOMAX THERMAL FLEECE and cost
>$20. They are a combination glove & mitten. The
>"mitten" cover can be folded back and held with a
>velcro strip to reveal the four "glove" fingers that
>have the finger tips exposed. I have made winter work
>gloves before by cutting the finger tips off of
>regular gloves. These are perfect. You can climb the
>tower with the mitten covers over your fingers and
>then fold them back to handle tools, hardware, etc. If
>your finger tips get cold, just fold the mitten flaps
>over your fingers for a few minutes. They are
>lightweight and comfortable. I will probably be trying
>them this weekend as I'm having some problems with a
>balky prop pitch rotator.
>73, Stew K3ND

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